To call James Patterson a prolific storyteller is an understatement—his books have sold over 300 million copies, and The New York Times Magazine has hailed him as having “transformed book publishing.” Time magazine named him “The Man Who Can't Miss,” and he is the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award. He co-wrote his most recent #1 New York Times bestseller, The President is Missing, with Bill Clinton.
In the past three years, James Patterson has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, Patterson’s books have sold an estimated 300 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every 17 hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children’s bestsellers lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year. To date, he has had 19 consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds The New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (83 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.
From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways of spreading the joy of reading) to his website ReadKiddoRead.com (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. This is exemplified by his new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say: ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’” He has donated more than one million books to students and soldiers and has over 400 Teacher Education Scholarships at 24 colleges and universities. He has also donated millions to independent bookstores and school libraries. Patterson will be investing his proceeds from the sales of JIMMY Patterson Books into even more pro-reading initiatives.
His critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series debuted on The New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for 12 straight weeks. The series has so far made 94 cumulative appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists, proving that kids of all ages love page-turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with the Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop The New York Times bestsellers list.
Patterson is the creator of the top-selling detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted.
He is the author of novels—from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005)—that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild’s Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year Award, and the Reader’s Digest Reader’s Choice Award. And, he has won a Children’s Choice Book Council’s Children’s Choice Awards “Author of the Year” award (2010). One of Forbes magazine’s Celebrity 100, James has made a guest appearance on The Simpsons, and, in 2019, was awarded a National Humanities Medal.